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Borneo's orangutan population plunged by 100,000 since 1999

The most comprehensive study of Borneo's orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their jungle habitat and fatal conflicts with people increase.

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Kim Jong Un lives in fear of preventative strike by US, defector says

A former high-ranking official in the North Korean regime said Wednesday that dictator Kim Jong Un's recent overtures to South Korea have come out of fear that the U.S. will launch a preventative strike against him.

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Israel police recommend corruption charges against Netanyahu

Israeli police have recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases, a development that deals an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister and is likely to fuel calls for him to resign

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US drone destroys Russian-made tank in Syria in 'self-defense,' officials say

An American drone destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank operating in eastern Syria on Saturday, according to the U.S. military's command unit responsible for forces in the Middle East -- which added the strike was in "self defense."

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Syria warns Israel of 'more surprises' as tensions boil over following Iranian drone incident

Israel warned Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop letting his war-torn country be used by Iran as a launching pad for attacks, and tensions in the region remained high Tuesday following a weekend skirmish and a new Syrian threat of "more surprises."

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China charges former rising political star with bribery

Chinese authorities have charged former rising political star Sun Zhengcai with bribery.

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Iranian drone shot down by Israel reportedly based on US spy aircraft captured years ago

An Iranian drone shot down by Israel over the weekend reportedly is a copycat of a U.S. aircraft that was captured by the Islamic Republic in 2011.

World

Miles from Winter Olympics, three Americans remain detained in North Korea

Just miles from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea -- where some observers continue to fawn over Kim Jong Un's sister and North Korea's "smile diplomacy" -- a trio of Americans remain detained in the Hermit Kingdom.

Entertainment

CNN slammed for glowing puff piece about Kim Jong Un's sister at Olympics

CNN is getting dragged online for writing a glowing puff piece about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, who sat among world dignitaries at the Olympics in Pyeongchang and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending seven decades of hos

World

81-year-old US citizen ordered back to prison in Iran

The US government is demanding Iran release an 81-year-old American it returned to prison this week-- after giving him a 4-day leave for health reasons.

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Israel's military strikes in Syria, downs Iranian drone

Israel’s top military leaders were weighing the country’s next move Saturday after Israeli forces shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country -- and conducted raids in Syria, where they believe the drone was launched.

World

Kim Jong Un invites South Korea's leader to Pyongyang for talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the North as dialogue between the rival countries countinues during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

World

Kim Jong Un's sister keeps lunch date with South Korea's president

A possible thaw in diplomatic relations between North and South Korea continued over lunch Saturday at the Blue House in Seoul, residence of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Kim's sister, South Korean leader Moon to meet at Olympics opener

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

World

US jets bomb 'pro-regime' forces in Syria, killing 100

U.S. air strikes Wednesday killed more than 100 Syrian fighters aligned with the Bashar al-Assad regime, military officials said.

World

Lawyers say Maldives' top judge unconstitutionally detained

A lawyer for the Maldives' chief justice says he is being unconstitutionally detained after being forcefully dragged on the floor from his chambers by security personnel in riot gear following last week's surprise ruling to free jailed politicians.

World

US jets bomb 'pro-regime' forces in Syria

American jets bombed Syrian 'pro-regime forces' Wednesday after what the Pentagon described as an "unprovoked attack" against U.S.-backed rebel fighters east of the Euphrates River.

World

Family: Ailing US citizen in Iran forced back to Evin prison

An ailing Iranian-American dual national held in Tehran was returned to prison Tuesday after Iran’s government refused to agree to an extended medical release, his family and attorney said.

Life & Style

North Korea launches beer using 'exclusive' brewing technique, reports say

North Korea launched a new beer that’s so “exclusive” because of its secretive brewing technique, reports said on Tuesday.

World

North Korean propaganda fliers found in mountains near Seoul: report

North Korean propaganda fliers were reportedly found Saturday in the mountains near South Korea's capital as the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics approaches.

World

North Korea to send nominal head of state to South Korea during Olympics

North Korea plans to send a high-ranking delegation — including its nominal head of state — to South Korea this week as part of its rare rapprochement with its southern neighbor during this month’s Winter Olympics in the South.

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North Korea uses embassy in Berlin to secretly shop for weapons program, German intel chief claims

The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is accusing North Korea of using its Berlin embassy to secretly shop for parts for its nuclear missile program.

World

Al Qaeda-linked militants shoot down Russian fighter jet over Syria, kill pilot

Al Qaeda-linked militants killed a Russian pilot Saturday after shooting down his SU-25 fighter jet in a rebel-held area in Syria, according to reports.

World

North Korea violated sanctions, earned $200 million, UN report alleges

A new United Report claims that North Korea violated sanctions and earned roughly $200 million by exporting coal and other commodities.

World

Russian ex-governor gets 8-year prison sentence

A court in Moscow has convicted a former provincial governor of taking a 400,000-euro ($500,000) bribe and sentenced him to eight years in prison.

World

Syria may be developing new chemical weapons, senior US officials say

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be developing new chemical weapons in addition to keeping some of the country’s stockpile that was supposed to be handed over and destroyed under a 2014 deal brokered by the United States and Russia, senior U.S. offi

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France looks to sidestep US sanctions by offering Iran export loans

France is looking to side step U.S. Sanctions by offering export credits to Iranian buyers later this year, according to the head of a state-owned investment bank, Bpifrance.

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